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As The World Turns Transcript Thursday 5/15/08

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Meg: Hey.

Mike: Hey.

Meg: You're a bit overdressed to be working out in the fields, aren't you?

Mike: Oh, I'm going to corporate today. I got a meeting in Chicago with some investment partners.

Meg: Really? I thought Paul handled all that stuff.

Mike: Paul? Paul who?

[Paul remembering]

Meg: Let's get out of here.

Sofie: Paul? I went by the office. They said you hadn't been in yet. Everything okay?

Paul: Fine. You should have called, Sofie. I could have saved you the trip.

Sofie: But I needed to see you. I have something for you.

Meg: Well, I hope you're not doing this for me.

Mike: Doing what?

Meg: Freezing Paul out.

Mike: No, I'm not. Technically, yeah, Paul and I are partners, but I just need his signature on checks. His involvement is strictly financial.

Meg: So, cutting Paul out of this meeting --

Mike: Is completely above board. It just makes life easier on everyone.

[Sighs]

Meg: Okay, if you say so.

Mike: All this talk about Paul -- he -- he really got to you the other night at Metro, didn't he?

Paul: You have something for me?

Sofie: Yeah, it's just a little something to thank you for dancing with me at Metro the other night.

Paul: Sofie, you don't have to thank me for dancing with you.

Sofie: Well, it's not just the dancing. You know, it was the first time since I got here that I felt like I really belonged.

Paul: Why? You have every right to be wherever you choose.

Sofie: But to be there with you, it was --

Paul: It's no big deal. It was nothing.

Sofie: Not to me. So, that's why I want you to have this. So you'll know just how very special that night was to me.

Brad: I can't think of a better way to spend the day.

Katie: Too bad we can't. We cannot ignore our responsibilities.

Brad: I can ignore anything, except you.

Katie: Food, work and Liberty.

Brad: Room service, sick day, and Liberty will be fine on her own for a couple of hours.

Katie: Ooh, I don't know about that. Bad things seem to happen when we leave that girl alone.

[Sighs]

Brad: If you were that worried about it, then you shouldn't have sent Janet packing.

Katie: I'm sorry, but the way Liberty's been acting out, I think it's a good thing. Janet hasn't been exactly a good influence on her.

Brad: I don't know.

Katie: I do. I know it sounds horrible, but for Liberty's sake, I'm glad Janet's gone.

Liberty: So, I have my own hotel room, all to myself.

Dylan: All to yourself? It would rule to hang there sometime.

Liberty: If you're lucky.

Janet: Hey, you guys should try one of those pepper snapper things over at Al's Diner. Oh, talk about delish.

Liberty: What the hell are you doing here?

Brad: Why are you getting dressed?

Katie: Because we have to pretape those segments for the show today.

Brad: That is not until this afternoon. The morning is all ours.

Katie: Oh, remember, Liberty said she wanted to come by the studio? Why don't you have breakfast with her this morning and bring her by this afternoon.

Brad: You know what? That is a -- that is a -- that is a great idea. That sounds like a plan. I'm -- I'm gonna give her a call.

Janet: Who was that?

Liberty: Wrong number.

Dylan: You know each other?

Janet: Better than anyone. This here is my little girl.

Judd: Wait, you are her mother?

Janet: The one and only.

Judd: Cool.

Dylan: So, Judd, let's split. Let them talk.

Liberty: Oh, no. Guys, wait? You really don't have to go. Come on.

Brad: So, give me a call when you get this. Katie had this great idea of what we could do today. All right, bye.

Katie: She didn't answer?

Brad: No, voicemail. She's probably in the shower or something.

Katie: Okay. Well, if I don't hear otherwise, I'll see you guys at the studio.

Brad: Hey, wait. Wait. Wait up, wait up. I want to tell you something. Something serious.

Katie: Should I be worried?

Brad: You should be afraid. Very afraid. No. No. I just want you know how much I appreciate how nice you've been to Liberty. And it seems like you really care about her.

Katie: I do.

Brad: She's lucky to have you in her life. So, is her old man.

Katie: Well, I kind of have a soft spot for her old man. Can you blame me?

Liberty: Thanks for scaring off my friends.

Janet: Oh, Honey, you are so cute. They'll be back. Trust me.

Liberty: Speaking of that -- what are you doing here?

Janet: Simple answer -- you need me.

Liberty: No, I'm doing fine on my own. Thanks. I -- I have my dad. I have my own room. And I have a step mom who, lucky for me, really likes to buy me things.

Janet: Okay, okay. That's all well and good, but a girl your age needs her mama. The further I got away from Oakdale, the more I felt the pull to come right back. And so you know what I did? I rented me a car -- piece of crap car, by the way, but that's a different story -- and I drove that sucker all night long to get back to my you.

Liberty: How maternal of you.  

Liberty: You didn't need to say it. Look, you can come back and take a shower at my place or whatever.

Janet: Wonderful.

Liberty: As soon as you admit that Dad is the real reason that you came back.

Paul: These are --

Sofie: Cufflinks.

Paul: Yeah, I got that. Sofie, that's very sweet, but --

Sofie: Well, you were so encouraging about my jewelry that I wanted you to have something from my line.

Paul: And they're really nice. But you shouldn't be giving away your inventory.

Sofie: My inventory?

Paul: Yeah, you should sell these, make yourself a bunch of money.

Sofie: Paul, no. I don't want to sell them. I want -- they're a gift from me to you. Please just say thank you.

Paul: Thank you. And thank you for stopping by.

Sofie: Well, you know, I was thinking that maybe we could, you know, go out somewhere nice, get dressed up. You could be, like, a walking advertisement for my line.

Paul: Sofie --

Sofie: Well, I just thought that since we broke the ice on this dancing thing that we could go do it somewhere else again.

Paul: Yeah, I don't think that's a good idea. Listen, the other night --

Sofie: The other night, it was very, very special to me.

Meg: Okay, at first, I was bothered seeing Paul and Sofie together.

Mike: Which is exactly what he wanted. Come on. He only put on that little show to shake you up. Don't let him get away with it.

Meg: I won't. He hasn't.

Mike: Yeah, right.

Meg: Okay, it's true. It's true. On the way home, I did think about it, about how childish it was.

Mike: That is a great word for it.

Meg: And how Paul will never be able to put my feelings first.

Mike: Wow, when you put it like that, I am really convinced that he didn't get to you.

Meg: But that's not the important part.

Mike: What is?

Meg: Well, when I woke up this morning, Paul Ryan was the furthest thing from my mind.

Mike: Oh, I'm happy to hear you say that. And I would be even happier if it were true.

Meg: Okay, don't you have a meeting to go to?

Mike: You're right. And so all this grilling me about Paul is because he is the farthest thing from your mind?

Meg: Go away. Go -- go -- go do business. Go.

Mike: Thanks for the coffee.

Meg: Yep. I am still not thinking about Paul.

Mike: Just checking.

Meg: Okay.

Barbara: Well, what are the odds of finding you two together? Am I interrupting something?

Paul: No, not at all. I was just about to call you and find out if you're okay.

Barbara: I'm perfectly fine. Why wouldn't I be?

Paul: Because no doctor in their right mind would sign off on what you did, staying out till all hours of the evening.

Barbara: Hey, hey, I know what my limits are, all right?

Paul: Come sit down. I'll get you some tea.

Barbara: Actually, Sofie can get me some tea. Very strong, with lemon. Is that all right?

Sofie: Yeah, fine. I'll be right back.

Paul: Subtle.

Barbara: I think subtlety is lost on you, so I'm gonna make myself very clear --

Paul: You are always very clear about everything.

Barbara: Whatever is going on between the two of you is going to stop.

Paul: There is nothing going on between the two of us.

Barbara: Don't you lie to me. You stop encouraging that girl. Do you understand?

Katie: Hey, what are you doing here?

Henry: Hey. I just wanted to see how you were doing.

Katie: I'm fine. Why wouldn't I be?

Henry: Okay. If you say you're fine, then you are, or you're in denial.

Katie: What does that mean?

Henry: Listen, I'm your number-one fan. I never, ever miss a show.

Katie: Oh. You saw Janet.

Henry: I saw a lot of Janet. So, you don't have to tell me you're fine. Not when the mother of your hubby's child is so -- so --

Katie: So what?

Henry: Well, the girl is not hiding her light under a bushel, as Emma Snyder might say.

Katie: Thanks for that folk wisdom. It would have been a lot easier coming from Emma.

Henry: I just -- I just -- I wanted to say that it can't be easy.

Katie: It's fine. She's gone. She left.

Henry: She left already?

Kate: Mm-hmm. And she's not coming back any time soon.

Henry: Uh-huh. So she just dropped in for a visit?

Katie: No, she obviously wanted to stay longer, but I talked to Brad and he asked her to go.

Henry: You made him send away his baby's mama?

Katie: Well, it sounds bad when you put it that way.

Henry: There's a nice way to say it, Katie?

Katie: You don't understand. There were some very good reasons.

Henry: Yeah. Yeah, two of them.

Katie: What the hell are you guys doing?

Cameraman #1: Quality control.

Katie: What, you've never seen a woman before?

Cameraman #2: Not like her.

Katie: Well, too bad. You're never gonna see those again.

Brad: Hey, Liberty, open up. It's your dad. It's your dad. Come on. Come on, Liberty, open up. Liberty?

Janet: She's not here. That's right. I'm back.

Brad: You -- you --

Janet: Look great? Just like you remembered? Defy gravity?

Brad: You came back.

Janet: I had to. Bradley, come on. Why are you being so shy for? Come on, in high school, on prom night, you were not shy at all. You know what I mean?

Brad: I've grown up since then.

Janet: Okay, come on. You can turn around. Besides, it's not like it's anything you haven't seen before.

Brad: Okay, look, Janet, I don't want to be rude or anything, but, what are you doing back here? I thought we decided that you were gonna go back home.

Janet: I thought I decided that, too. I mean, I tried. And like I was telling Liberty --

Brad: What? You already saw Liberty?

Janet: Uh, yeah. This is her hotel room, remember? Anyway, like I was telling Liberty, it's like the further away I got, just the more in my gut it didn't feel right. And I now know -- this is where I belong.

Henry: Yeah, see, that's what I'm talking about. I had this distinct impression that Janet would rub you the wrong way.

Katie: No, no. It's not that.

Henry: Hmm?

Katie: It's not that I don't like Janet, or even that I'm jealous of her --

Henry: Endowments.

Katie: Oh, come on. Actually, Janet showing up here just proved to me how much Brad really loves me.

Henry: How?

Katie: Because I voiced my concerns to him and he really listened. Not only did he listen, he agreed with me. Janet is a real handful.

Henry: On so many levels.

Katie: Oh, stop it. There's just something about her that I don't trust. She's very unpredictable, you know? Well, you saw how she just barged onto the set and took over. How self-absorbed can you get? Ask yourself, Henry, is that the kind of person you want in an impressionable young girl's life?

Brad: Look, Janet, what you said about coming back here, I mean, I know you love Liberty, and I know it's -- I know it's hard for you to leave her behind, but you did it because you thought that she and I should have a chance to get to know each other.

Janet: And you will have a chance to get to know each other. I won't stand in the way. I promise.

Brad: It's just that you're turning your whole life upside down when you don't have to. Oakdale is not your home. Do you -- do you really want to live here?

Janet: Why not? I mean, this is where my baby girl is.

Brad: She's not exactly a baby anymore.

Janet: Well, she's not exactly an adult, either. In case you haven't noticed.

Brad: I know that. I know that, but she has me, and she has -- she has Katie, and we're gonna take really good care of her. Okay? She'll be fine.

Janet: I know, but I'm just afraid I'm gonna miss her too much.

Brad: Look, she's gonna visit you, I promise. It's just -- I just I don't know what you're gonna find here. You know, I don't think it's fair for you to give up your whole life, your friends, everything.

Janet: Oh, please. You don't have to worry about me. I am very adaptable.

Brad: It's just -- it seems like a very emotional decision.

Janet: It is emotional, Bradley, okay? It is emotional. She grew up without a father.

Brad: I know that, but that is exactly why --

Janet: No, and that's mostly my fault. I get it. But now that Libby has found you and you're here together, I want to be a part of that.

Liberty: Boy, you sure work fast, don't you, Mom?

Paul: You need to stop saying I'm involved with Sofie. There's nothing going on between the two of us.

Barbara: You used her. You danced with her at Metro to try to get a rise out of Meg.

Paul: I was just trying to make her have a nice time.

Barbara: And it didn't work because Meg went home with Mike Kasnoff.

Paul: Yes, Mother, I noticed that.

Barbara: So you didn't make a very big impact on Meg, but you sure made a big one on Sofie.

Paul: I was just dancing.

Barbara: I don't think she would agree that nothing is going on, Paul.

Paul: Look, I have tried to be very clear with her, okay? I can't seem to get through to her.

Barbara: Oh, you got through to her, all right. And that's what's got to stop.

Paul: Well, I don't know what to say to her.

Barbara: It's what you have to do, all right? And if you go with me on this, I think I have an idea that just might work.

Meg: Sally, how nice to see you.

Sally: How long have we been neighbors?

Meg: Um, I --

Sally: Over 30 years, and this is what it's come to?

Meg: Sally, come in and tell me what's wrong.

Sally: I have tried to put up with the noise, the drilling, the trucks coming and going all day.

Meg: I am so sorry. I didn't realize --

Sally: But this is the last straw. My kitchen's flooding, and these two won't lift a finger to help.

Meg: Is that true?

Workman #1: We offered to move everything out.

Sally: What I need is for you to dig up that pipe that burst.

Workman #2: We can't do that without authorization. Mike's not here.

Meg: Okay, I'll try and reach him. We will take care of this, I promise. Excuse me. \

Barbara: So, I got some very positive feedback on your designs and very good comments, good reactions, and Paul agrees with me.

Sofie: You've been talking to people about my jewelry?

Paul: Well, no, I didn't have to. I could see what their reaction was. And that's why when Mom made her pitched, I thought it was a great idea.

Sofie: An idea.

Barbara: Well, starting up a new business venture is difficult enough, and besides, you need seed money for the development of the product line and the launch. And, well, I am very happy to tell you that, thanks to Paul, we're fully funded.

Sofie: You gave us the money?

Paul: No, no. I didn't give anybody any money. I made an invested.

Sofie: Thank you.

Barbara: There's still a lot to talk about, Sofie.

[Cell phone ringing]

Paul: Excuse me. Meg?

Meg: Hey, I am so sorry to bother you.

Paul: No, it's never a bother. What's up?

Meg: We have a problem on the construction site, and Mike is not here, and I can't reach him. Paul, I really need your help.

Paul: I'm on my way. I got to go.

Sofie: Where? What happened?

Paul: It's no big deal. It's just a little emergency down at the job site.

Sofie: What about the meeting?

Paul: I got to go. Meg needs me.

Barbara: Now, listen, you and I will be running the business. Paul is a silent partner. You and I will be handling everything on a day-to-day basis. He'll have nothing to do with that. Do you understand?

Sofie: You really think that's the best way to do it?

Barbara: Trust me. It's the only way.

Brad: Liberty, I want you to know that what you walked in on just now was completely innocent.

Liberty: Right. That's sure how it looked.

Brad: But I have a question for you. How come you didn't tell me that your mother was back?

Liberty: Look, is was just a surprise to me, too. I mean, she just came up to me, started chatting like nothing was wrong.

Brad: You didn't think that I'd be interested in knowing that she was back?

Liberty: You and Katie just finally had some time together. I mean, I thought you'd find out on your own, but looks like you already did.

Janet: Sheesh. I don't know what the big deal is. We were just having a parental conversation.

Liberty: About who?

Janet: Oh, she's a real pistol, ain't she?

Brad: Yeah. [Cell phone ringing] Hey -- hey, Katie, Katie Honey. Hey, hi, what's up?

Katie: I was calling to ask you the same thing. Is something wrong? I thought you and Liberty would be here by now.

Brad: No. I mean -- yeah. It's just -- I'm just -- I'm just running a little late. That's all. Just running late.

Katie: Is everything okay? You sound kind of weird.

Brad: I am great. I think it's just the reception. You know, I'm gonna call you back later.

Katie: But --

[Speaking in broken words]

Brad: Barely hear you.

Liberty: What's the matter, Dad? I mean, you didn't think Katie wanted to hear about our big family surprise?

Janet: Hey, hey, hey. Come here. Why don't we go down to that lovely bar? In fact, you go down and get me a diet soda with lemon, okay?

Liberty: Mom, they have them in the minibar.

Janet: They don't have lemon in the minibar.

Liberty: That's so subtle.

Janet: Don't let the door hit you on the way out. Bye.

Brad: This is getting really complicated.

Janet: Really? I think it's pretty simple. I want to be a part of Liberty's life. And I think that deep down inside, even though she won't admit it, Liberty wants that, too.

Brad: She didn't seem real thrilled.

Janet: You got to learn to read your daughter, Bradley. Nothing is as it seems. I mean, that's why she was just acting out. She wants attention from her parents. Both of her parents.

Brad: I don't think Liberty is acting out.

Janet: What would you call it?

Brad: Look, I think she's in transition. That's all. I mean, she -- everything is new to her, school, friends, me, Katie. But she'll get used to all of us, and when she does, she will settle down. I know it.

Janet: Well, I hope you're right. Don't you think it makes sense for her to have a little stability in her life, like, you know, having her mother around?

Brad: You've made up your mind about this, haven't you?

Janet: Look, nothing against you, Bradley, but I just -- I can't walk out of her life now that you're in it. She's my daughter.

Brad: Right.

Janet: And besides, I think this is gonna be really fun. All of us getting to know each other and stuff. What do you say? It's gonna be great. Here, I want to show you this.

Brad: What's this?

Janet: Her baby book. It's got pictures of her and her drawings from school.

Brad: Wow. She's so beautiful.

Janet: From the moment she was born, she looked just like you.

Paul: Meg?

Meg: Hey, come on in.

Paul: Hi. You sure it's okay I'm here?

Meg: Yeah, I called you myself.

Paul: I know, but it's not like a trick, right? Well, you have a restraining order.

Meg: Yeah, I know, and I would never do something like that.

Paul: Okay, I just don't -- I don't want to cross any lines.

Meg: Paul, I already told you on the phone, this isn't personal. It's business. I'm trying not to get you sued.

Barbara: Any questions about the contract?

Sofie: It -- it looks fine. Don't you think we should call Paul and see if he's okay?

Barbara: And why would he not be okay?

Sofie: I don't trust Meg. I mean, all of a sudden, out of the blue, she has to have him there right now? You know, the other night at Metro, she was all ready to have him arrested for being in the same room with her.

Barbara: You know what? You are going to have to understand and accept that Paul and Meg have a very complicated relationship. The dynamics change hourly.

Sofie: Which is not fair. Paul deserves better than that.

Barbara: Listen, you can have your own opinion, but you're gonna have to keep it to yourself.

Sofie: But Paul --

Barbara: You know what, Sofie? Nothing you can do is gonna change how Paul feels about Meg. Or about you.

Paul: Hi. I understand there's some kind of a problem.

Sally: You're darn right there's a problem. My kitchen's under water, and no one seems to want to fix it.

Paul: Well, I'll tell you what, Guys, why don't you go take care of this? Stop whatever you're doing and fix that pipe. I have a cell number. You can call me if there's a problem. Okay, we'll take care of this. Any other arrangements we can make for you?

Sally: I know you. You're famous.

Paul: No, I'm not.

Sally: Of course you are. I read the papers once in a while, Mr. Ryan. And when I do, it seems you're always getting arrested. Why should I trust anything you say?

Barbara: Sofie, Paul wants you to do well, but it's a business investment for him. You can't take it as proof of something else.

Sofie: It's proof that I'm right. Paul has another side to him. Everybody keeps talking about how angry he is, how he keeps to himself, but I know how kind and open and generous he can be.

Barbara: And I'm his mother. And I know that, too. But, Honey, you can't mistake generosity and compassion for something else. Paul's not in love with you. And he never will be.

Henry: You've been quiet for too long. You're making me nervous.

Katie: Something's going on with Brad.

Henry: Any ideas what?

Katie: Well, he was supposed to have breakfast with Liberty and then bring her here. Maybe she's upset that her mother left.

Henry: Wouldn't he have told you that?

Katie: No, Brad likes to think he has this whole parenting thing under control. If that's what's going on, it's my fault. I'm the one who asked Janet to leave.

Henry: You're thinking of taking some action, aren't you?

Katie: If I caused this, I should be the one talking to Liberty. Or at least let her know that Brad and I are a united front.

Brad: And this was --

Janet: Learning to walk.

Brad: Oh. I wish I could have seen that.

Liberty: Now what are you two doing?

Janet: Oh, Honey, come here. We're looking at your baby book.

Liberty: Oh, joy.

Brad: No, no. Come -- come here, come here. Come here, look with us. Come here.

Liberty: I'll pass. Thanks.

Janet: And, wait. This -- this is when I took her to the fair, and she fell in love with the llamas. The llamas. They were so tall. They were taller than her. Oh, and this is -- this is -- okay, this is a birthday party, a really cute birthday party that she went to, and she got her face painted like a daisy.

Liberty: Mom, it was like a sunflower.

Brad: No, it really does looks like a daisy.

Janet: Yeah, it does. See?

Liberty: Dude, it was a sunflower. Can you not see the black circle painted on my nose?

Janet: I don't know.

Brad: Look at that dress.

Liberty: Oh, I was so disgusting.

Janet: Her first day of school.

Brad: What are you talking about? You look adorable.

Janet: You look so cute.

Liberty: No, Mom. I look like one of those weird pink marshmallow things that you, like, you put in an Easter basket.

Janet: I love those things.

Brad: Okay, who's that guy?

Janet: Oh, that was her first boyfriend.

Liberty: Don't tell him --

Brad: Who's that?

Janet: Her first boyfriend.

Brad: Her boyfriend?

Liberty: He was not my boyfriend.

Janet: Yes, he was.

Brad: Hey, I got a problem with that! Yes.

Liberty: He was the weird kid I had to sit next that ate glue. And, okay, listen to this, on the bus, he would barf, and it was literally white.

[Laughter]

Brad: All right! All right. He's out of there.

[Laughter]

Janet: Your ears were so funny. Remember they were big. They stuck out like a --

Brad: Katie.

Katie: Janet, I didn't know you were back.

Janet: Surprise! I didn't even plan it. I just -- you know, I just couldn't stay away from my little sweetie.

Katie: Right. Brad, can we talk in the hall?

Brad: Yeah, we were -- we were just -- I'll be right -- yeah, I'll be --

Janet: She didn't look that happy to see me.

Liberty: Uh-uh.

Katie: You want to tell me what the hell's going on here?

Brad: Janet decided she was gonna miss Liberty too much, so she had to come back. I am just as surprised to see her as you are.

Katie: Then why didn't you tell me when I called?

Brad: I just didn't know how to explain it on the phone.

Katie: Well, like this. Janet came back.

Brad: They were -- Katie, they were just -- they were just standing right there, all right? You know, and besides, I don't think it's that big of a deal.

Katie: Oh, you don't? You don't? You know exactly how I feel about this.

Brad: Maybe I -- I just feel sorry for Janet.

Katie: Why?

Brad: Because she wants to be there when Liberty has her father around for the first time, and as a parent, I understand that.

Katie: You did not just say that.

Meg: Look, Sally, I'm sure your kitchen will be fine.

Sally: I'm not. Look how long your young man has been gone. It's because he can see with his own eyes what a disaster.

Paul: Okay, everything's all set. We got some industrial fans set up. The place should be dry in a couple of hours.

Sally: Really?

Paul: Yep, and I've got a mold inspector coming. I really don't think that's gonna be an issue. I think everything's gonna be fine.

Sally: That's very nice of you.

Paul: Okay, now, you have two options. Now that it's dry, we can re-lay the linoleum and make sure that it's sealed, or I have an overrun of pine flooring. I'd be happy to install it for you. Give you a nice little country kitchen. It might look really nice.

Sally: Why, thank you.

Paul: No, no, no. Thank you. Thank you for putting up with all of this. Meg's always said what a great neighbor you are.

Sally: You know what, Meg? You have excellent taste.

Sofie: I know that you're trying to protect me, but I think I know a little better than you do how Paul might feel about me.

Barbara: I think you're believing what you want to believe, not what's true. Paul's heart belongs to Meg.

Sofie: But that's changing. That's changing. Things have -- things have happened between me and Paul.

Barbara: Things that never should have happened. Things that are not gonna give you what you want because they don't mean to Paul what they mean to you. And I'm very sorry about that.

Sofie: Barbara, you don't understand.

Barbara: I understand that when the phone rang a little while ago and it was Meg, he went running. And he always will. He will always choose Meg.

Sofie: Maybe not if he has an alternative.

Barbara: You are not an alternative. And if you can't accept that, maybe you should leave right now.

Paul: Hey, Sally, hold on one second. Why don't you -- here. I think this is -- oh, yeah. You should hold on to that.

Sally: That's Emma's rhubarb pie.

Paul: Yes, it is.

Sally: I couldn't.

Paul: No, no, no. I'm sure that's what Emma would love to have happen. And you can save a few slices, you know, for the guys that are gonna install your floor.

Sally: Next time you're out this way, drop by. My banana bread is as good as one of Emma's pies, even the rhubarb.

Meg: So, you've made a conquest.

Paul: Yeah. Not quite the one I wanted to make.

Meg: You know, you are in serious trouble. No one give away one of Mama's pies without her permission. She's gonna kill you.

Paul: Yeah, well, wouldn't be the first time she wanted to kill me.

[Laughter]

Meg: You were very sweet to Sally.

Paul: Yeah, well, she's sweet, you know? So, it's no big deal.

Meg: No, it is, actually. It's nice to see that side of you again.

Paul: Well, you bring it out in me.

Mike: Does somebody want to tell me what the hell is going on here?

Katie: You've been a parent for about five minutes and suddenly you and Janet are soul mates?

Brad: Look, that is -- this is not what I meant.

Katie: Well, what did you mean, then?

Brad: I don't know. Look, I don't know. Look, all I know is that Liberty shows up and suddenly I'm a father, and then Janet's showing me pictures of when her as a baby. And I'm sorry. Look, my head is spinning here. You know, I don't expect you to understand.

Katie: No, how could I? Right? I'm not a mother or a father. Liberty's not my daughter. I'm just kind of in the way around here, aren't I?

Mike: How many times do you need to be reminded that there is a restraining order against you?

Meg: Mike, listen --

Mike: Do you want me to call the cops?

Meg: No.

Mike: Or should I just throw him out myself?

Meg: Mike, its okay. You don't have to do anything.

Mike: You want him here?

Meg: No, he was -- he was just leaving. Look, there was an emergency with the project, and I couldn't reach you, so I had no choice but to call Paul.

Paul: There's gonna be a bill for some pine flooring. And I'll pay it personally.

Mike: Do you want to tell me now what really just happened?

Meg: I told you, it was business.

Mike: Oh, well, from what I just saw, it looked like business was the last thing on either of your minds.

Brad: Look, I put off work so we can talk this out.

Katie: So you can explain parenting to me? Why don't you call Janet out here, another expert?

Brad: Look, I'm gonna go tell Liberty to stay put, and I'll be right back, okay?

Janet: I am so sorry. I hope we didn't cause any trouble.

Brad: No, no, no. No, no, no. No, everything's fine. Katie and I, we just have some stuff to talk about over, okay? Are you guys gonna be all right for a while?

Liberty: Mm-hmm. Go do damage control.

Brad: No, everything's all right, all right? I'll call you later.

Barbara: So, have you given the situation any more thought?

Sofie: You know, I just keep thinking, if I leave, who's gonna take you to your treatments?

[Barbara scoffs]

Barbara: I'll manage.

Sofie: But you don't have to worry because I'm not going anywhere.

Meg: What you walked in on was me thanking Paul for handling the situation with sally.

Mike: I just wish that you hadn't had to have called him in the first place.

Meg: I tried calling you. You could check your phone if you don't believe me.

Mike: I did. That's why I came back.

Meg: Look, I didn't want to call Paul, but I just felt I didn't have a choice. I didn't want sally suing you. I know how important this project is to you.

Mike: Yeah, I appreciate that. I do. But after what's happened this morning, do you still want that restraining order in place?

Meg: That's exactly what I want.

Barbara: Hi.

Sofie: What happened with Meg?

Paul: Is this the contract?

Barbara: Did you and Meg have a fight?

Paul: Nope.

Barbara: Then why are you so upset?

Paul: Well, that's just the thing. You know, I'm starting to think that maybe my relationship with Meg is never gonna be anything more than just professional.

Janet: Hey, Libby-Lou, I'm gonna go into the bathroom and steal all the mini shampoos and the mini soaps so that the maid will have to bring us more, okay?

Liberty: Great.

Janet: Yeah.

Brad: Why did you take off like that?

Katie: I didn't. I just came here. Not that you would understand. It's not parental behavior.

Brad: Please, can we not fight about this? I really need you now.

Katie: Are you sure about that? You just said that you were confused and the only other person that would understand is Janet. Where does that leave me?

Brad: That is not what I said, and if I did say that, I didn't mean that. You know how I get tripped up by words. And I will -- I will start again. Okay? I love you. I love you with my whole heart. And I always will.

On the next "As the World Turns" --

Chris: I heard they posted the nursing grades. How did you do?

Alison: I passed, thanks to you.

Emily: You're right. There's no way we can work together after what happened between us.

Casey: Are you firing me?

Emily: You're not giving me a choice.

Casey: You're right. I'm not. Because I quit.

Margo: Casey knows one thing -- to stay as far away from you as humanly possible.

Lily: All I want is you. I want our life back. I want our marriage the way it used to be.

Carly: I hope that someday we can just be normal with each other again.

Girl: Look, there's your mommy and your daddy.

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